Eiffel Tower

The most distinctive symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) was much maligned by critics when it rose on the city’s skyline in 1889 as part of the Universal Exhibition, but its graceful symmetry soon made it the star attraction. At 312 m (1,023 ft) high, it was the world’s tallest building until it was surpassed by New York’s Empire State Building in 1931. Despite its delicate appearance, it weighs 10,100 metric tons and engineer Gustave Eiffel’s construction was so sound that it never sways more than 9 cm (3.5 in) in strong winds.

  • Champ-de-Mars, 7e

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  • www.tour-eiffel.com

  • Open: Lift 9:30am–11:45pm daily (last adm for top: 10:30pm) (mid-Jun–1 Sep: 9am–12:45am; last adm for top: 11pm); Stairs 9:30am –6:30pm daily ...

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